Premier League teams are back in action this weekend after watching Tottenham and Liverpool in midweek Champions League semi-final action, with the focus on the Premier League title, the unpredictable battle for a top four position and the final relegation place.
Five games will be broadcast live on TV in the UK, starting with Tottenham’s attempt to rediscover their form following two successive Premier League defeats that have left Spurs only two points above fourth-placed Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost their second straight game at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday, succumbing 1-0 to Ajax three days after losing by the same scoreline against West Ham in the Premier League.
Cardiff are in the last chance saloon to escape Premier League relegation, welcoming Crystal Palace to the Cardiff City Stadium for a match that will see Neil Warnock’s side return to the Championship at the first time of asking unless they win.
At the other end of the Premier League table, Liverpool’s breathless schedule shows no sign of abating as they follow up their midweek Champions League semi-final visit to Barcelona with a trip to Newcastle.
The Reds can regain the Premier League summit by two points and take the title race to the final day of the 2018/19 season with a win, although defeat would give Manchester City the chance to win the trophy at home to Leicester on Monday.
The pressure is on for Liverpool, who know that even a draw would offer City the opportunity to effectively seal the title thanks to their superior goal difference.
Manchester United are desperate to end a wretched run of form that has seen them win just once in seven games, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be confident when his side travel to Huddersfield.
United will overtake fifth-placed Arsenal and draw level on points with Chelsea in fourth if they take three points at the John Smith’s Stadium, moving ahead of the Gunners before Unai Emery oversees an encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion later in the day.
Following their Europa League meeting with Valencia on Thursday, Arsenal will want to make amends for a disastrous run of three successive Premier League defeats that has imperilled their prospects of finishing in the Champions League places.
Brighton, who are pointless in Premier League visits to top six sides, began the weekend four points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff with two Premier League fixtures left.
Premier League fixtures this weekend
Saturday, May 4
AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
12.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
West Ham vs Southampton
Wolves v Fulham
Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace
5.30pm (BT Sport 1)
Newcastle vs Liverpool
7.45pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Sunday, May 5
Huddersfield vs Man Utd
2pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Arsenal vs Brighton
4.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)
Monday, May 6
Man City vs Leicester
8pm (Sky Sports Premier League)